Automatic First Downs - 2009 to Present

This page shows all penalties that resulted in an automatic first down based on the type of penalty. There are many additional penalties that based on the penalty yardage and distance remaining resulted in a first down.

"3rd & Long" is 3rd down and 6 or more yards. "Desperation" is 3rd and 10 or more or 4th and 6 or more. "Yardage Mitigated" is the total yardage the team had left to get a first down when the flag was thrown granting a gratis first down. Remember: There are more first down plays than 2nd down plays, more 2nd down plays than 3rd, and so on.

Beneficiary means the team benefitted from the penalty. Declined and Offsetting penalties are not shown in this table. Penalties occuring on special teams are not included.

The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Pass Interference (2715), Defensive Holding (2083), Roughing the Passer (1092), Illegal Contact (683), Face Mask (15 Yards) (674), Illegal Use of Hands (637), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (44), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1801.4170.4830.3940.5060.0170.3000.14411.58316.206
Minnesota1861.3170.4350.3920.4620.0270.2740.15111.29615.091
Cleveland1781.4720.4830.4940.4610.0220.2980.16912.37617.011
Dallas1851.4760.4380.5140.4650.0380.2860.14112.08614.951
Carolina1851.1840.3890.3730.4000.0160.2590.1199.87013.632
Cincinnati1841.2340.3970.3860.4240.0110.2550.11410.41813.500
Arizona1831.4100.5140.4700.3990.0270.2510.16412.35014.831
Tennessee1831.2020.4920.3440.3330.0330.2130.09310.27913.874
San Francisco1891.3120.4070.4020.4760.0260.3120.16411.13213.788
LA Chargers1831.2840.3930.3330.5140.0380.3280.12010.59613.120
Baltimore1921.4950.4950.5100.4320.0520.2860.13012.99016.146
Pittsburgh1891.3490.4710.4870.3600.0320.2010.10611.68816.302
Washington1801.2000.4830.3890.3220.0060.1720.07810.00613.106
Atlanta1871.2030.3850.3640.4120.0210.2460.10210.24613.428
N.Y. Giants1831.1970.4260.3720.3440.0490.2130.1209.98914.339
Las Vegas1791.7650.6700.5080.5530.0340.3800.19015.54719.564
Indianapolis1901.2050.4260.3320.4210.0160.2320.1119.72612.547
Chicago1811.1220.2820.3980.4250.0110.2150.0838.63013.276
Denver1881.5900.5640.5110.4840.0210.3030.10113.78216.644
LA Rams1821.3790.4670.4290.4510.0270.2750.13211.76915.016
Green Bay1961.1940.4800.3370.3420.0260.1630.0779.51012.862
Philadelphia1871.4330.4650.4390.5030.0210.3260.17612.19315.139
Houston1881.5690.5000.5320.5000.0320.3300.16013.42018.878
Kansas City1891.3810.5820.3390.4340.0160.2540.12711.77814.370
Seattle1951.4310.4360.4560.5180.0150.3280.14912.06216.297
Detroit1811.5800.6020.4360.5140.0170.2930.13813.24316.541
New England2021.3710.4800.4410.4360.0100.2620.10911.65815.921
Tampa Bay1781.3150.5110.3710.3880.0450.2190.12411.48913.500
New Orleans1911.7120.5810.5180.5390.0730.2930.11514.28319.288
Buffalo1801.4330.6060.4220.3890.0170.2670.13312.61115.311
N.Y. Jets1841.5820.5430.4180.5540.0490.3370.16813.32617.636
Jacksonville1821.3350.5600.3080.4290.0330.2470.11011.17015.407
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